Packers Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer will appear at Rafters game
Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer will make an appearance at a Wisconsin Rapids Rafters game this summer.
Kramer, who was elected into the NFL Hall of Fame (HOF) last August, will be at the Rafters’ Northwoods League Game Tuesday, June 25, at Witter Field.
“We’re extremely honored to welcome one of the Packers all-time legends to Wisconsin Rapids,” said Rafters general manager Andy Francis. “This is another exciting piece to celebrate the Rafters 10th Anniversary.”
For the first 60 minutes after gates open, from 6:05 to 7:05 p.m., Kramer will sign autographs on photos provided by each team for 75 VIP ticket holders.
No personal items will be signed during this time. A limited number of these VIP ticket packages are on sale now for $20 and include a reserved bleacher seat to the June 25 Rafters game, photo of Kramer for guaranteed autograph, and the ability to jump the line during the first 60-minute time slot.
The VIP ticket package can be purchased online at raftersbaseball.com or by clicking on the buy tickets link on the Rafters Facebook page starting April 8 and ending on April 14 at 11:59 p.m.
Kramer will throw out the first pitch prior to the game. At the conclusion of the first pitch, he will return to the autograph site for a public session hosted by Mayfield Sports Marketing.
At this time, fans may have personal Packers items autographed at the rate of $50 for photos (11×14 or smaller) and mini helmets, and $60 for jerseys, full size helmets, artwork, and footballs.
All autographs include the HOF inscription. Additional inscriptions such as Super Bowl Champs, etc. will be $15 each. Mayfield Sports will also have merchandise available for purchase at each site, such as photos, footballs, jerseys, mini/full size helmets and HOF items.
Kramer, who played football at the University of Idaho, was drafted by the Packers in the fourth round (39th overall) of the 1958 NFL Draft.
He started for the Packers from 1958 to 1968, playing most of his 11-season career under the direction of Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi. Upon entering into the NFL, he was hailed as one of the best blockers in the game and earned his first All-NFL recognition in 1960.
Kramer played a total of 130 career games as the Packers right guard and served as the team’s placekicker for several seasons. His leadership and talents helped the franchise capture five NFL Championships and victories in Super Bowls I and II. Kramer earned All-NFL honors a total of five times (1960, 1962-63, 1966-67) and was voted to three Pro Bowls. He was also named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1960s, the NFL’s 50th Anniversary Team in 1969 and the Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 4, 2018, at age 82.
Rafters 4-Game Mini Plans are now on sale, along with all season ticket and group areas. Single-game tickets go on sale April 19.
For more information on all Rafters ticket offerings, visit Raftersbaseball.com, call the Rafthouse at 715-424-5400, or visit Witter Field, where the Rafthouse is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 521 Lincoln Street in Wisconsin Rapids.